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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  February 29, 2012 5:30am-6:00am EST

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on rick santorum. he won two prime mayor rs last night "first look" his 20 point victory overshadowed by a much closer three-point win in his home state of michigan. romney picked up another 38 delegates including all 28 -- 29, i should say, from arizona. the delegates in michigan, however, are broken up by congressional district, meaning santorum will ultimately leave the state with about the same number of delegates as romney will. how did romney fend off his challenge? 48% of voters who supported romney said beating president obama was the issue that mattered most. 31% said having the right experience was the most important factor. 61% of michigan republicans say romney has the best chance of winning in november. only 24% see santorum as the strongest challenger to the president. economic issues were key to romney's win in michigan where the state's 9.3% unemployment
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rate is well above the national average. concern over the economy and deficit outpaced social issues. the ones santorum has been talking about quite a bit on the trail. romney won 47% of republican voters who said the economy was the most important issue compared to 30% who supported rick santorum. still, romney's three point margin of victory, less than commanding in his home state. more than 40% of romney's supporters still have reservations about him. 8% say they only voted for him because they didn't like the other candidates in the race. good morning, i'm willy geist. the republican race now pushes ahead to super tuesday. next week there are ten states and hundreds of delegates up for grabs. mitt romney is off now. he focused his attacks on president obama. >> four years ago we warned that the presidency was no place for
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on-the-job training. well, today we have the economy to prove t all right? . did he fix the economy? no. did he tackle the housing crisis? no. did he get america back to work? >> no. >> instead he put us on a path toward debt and deficits and decline "first look" id decli decline. it's time to get back on the path of american prosperity. he's not spending our money. or infringing on our rights, he's busy running for re-election. he believes that, did you hear this, he believes that he ranks among the top four presidents in america history. i find a different spot for him. he said, we can't wait to which i say, oh, yes we can. >> oh, no, you didn't "first look" despit his second place finish santorum remained
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optimistic framing his second place finish as better than expected. he made his case to the supporters after the results came in pinning himself as the only true conservative in the race. >> it's an issue about fundamental freedom. it's an issue about whether you want the government to take your money in exchange give you a right. give you a right. they're going to give you the right to health care, that's what president obama promised, but when the government gives you a right, they can take that right away. when the government gives you that right, they can tell you how to exercise that right. ladies and gentlemen, we need a candidate who can go out and take on barack obama, who is an author from 20 years ago the author of free market health care economics, health savings accounts, has been a fighter for replacing all of these programs across the country in the federal level with the government run health care, with not romney care or or obama care, but a program based on you
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called you care because that's what we believe in in america. >> joining us by phone right now to explain all of this, the chief white house correspondent, mr. michael len "first look" mike, good early morning to you. >> good early morning, willie. >> the romney campaign saying a three point victory is a victory in michigan nevertheless. do you agree with that? >> he's having a closing problem "first look" he just can't put this away. it's frustrating for the campaign. they feel like they can't get on top of the story. the goal line keeps moving. willie, remember florida, the tie breaker. michigan would be the tie breaker. now it's ohio. even though there's no big republican unit to talk to who will think the nominee is going to beat anyone other than mitt romney, then it's going to be ugly and expensive, very expensive. there's already been $5 million spent in ohio and the candidates
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are just starting there. >> what does this race look like this morning? we had talked about if rick santorum won michigan the whole thing would be turned on its head. there would be new calls for a new candidate to get into the race. that didn't happen. mitt romney hung on. won a blowout victory in arizona. how do we look at this? >> the romney campaign is showing it bends but doesn't break. it's always been the survivor campaign. what santorum now doesn't have anything to give him a big shot. they could split the super tuesday states and newt gingrich is going to stay in there, which helps romney because it splits up that conservative vote. it could go on at least until april. could go on past that because, willie, none of the other candidates, not one of them, shows any sign of getting out. santorum is hiring people.
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he's taking a lot of comfort that he may be getting more delegates in michigan than romney because of the way they're counted. ron paul's likely to stay in until the convention and newt gingrich is going to stay until at least next week. he wants to win his home state of georgia "first look" if he wins there there's a bunch of southern states in march. >> as long as they have the money men behind them there's no reason to get out. let's look ahead to super tuesday. more than 400 delegates up for grab among them georgia, ohio, tennessee, oklahoma. the biggest battleground state ohio. the latest university of cincinnati poll, rick santorum leads ohio. that's 11 points up on romney. gingrich in third followed by ron paul. how does super tuesday shape up? conventional wisdom says it doesn't look very good for mitt romney when he goes state by
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state? >> that's right. there are a lot of states that did go either romney or santorum. ohio is our tie breaker. that's why both campaigns tell us that they're going to be heavy economics, jobs message last night. we heard rick santorum talking about revitalizing manufacturing. we didn't hear anything else from him about social issues. his campaign tells us they're looking into the questions. he will back away from what he said in the past. he's not pushing them because ohio, very hard hit by the jobs problem. in the exit poll last night we saw why the jobs question, the economy is so big in the new york, d.c. bubble. often we don't feel it, but amazingly one in three voters in michigan said that they knew somebody, had somebody in their family or they had lost their job in recent years. that's a stunning figure. shows you how much pain there is out there. this is why so many voters think about any other topic as a side
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show. >> what about the state, mike, as a general election? as the republican rivalries were going at each other inside michigan president obama was talking and reminding voters in michigan about the candidates, at least mitt romney's opposition to the bailout. let's listen to what the president said "first look" okay. i'm sorry. we don't have that. how does michigan look as a general election state, mike? >> it's looking so far for president obama, the romney folks are hoping that with the organization he built up there, they could put it into play. willy, i thought the most fascinating stat of all of the hundreds of exit polls was the one in four voters, almost all the michigan voters were republican or one in ten wound up being a democrat. one in four voters -- four in ten, 40% of voters favor the auto bailout.
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that's a big plus for the president. romney will have a tough message ahead. an amazing stat, eight obama office are open in michigan. >> he's been emphasizing, the president has, the bailout for good reason in the state of michigan "first look" thanks so much, mike. we'll talk to you ahead. in another congressional shakeup olympia snowe says she will not run for re-election. she's considered one of the more moderate voices, perhaps the most moderate, in the republican party siding with democrats on key issues like the stimulus package and the repeal of don't ask don't tell. in announcing her resignation she cited the partisan divide in washington as part of the reason she is stepping aside. she wrote in part, i am well prepared for the electoral battle, however, what i've had to consider is how productive an additional term will be. unfortunately, i do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years to
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change. her resignation opens the door for democrats to fight for a seat long held by the republicans. now to business where wall street is coming off one of its best days in recent memory. this morning the dow jones will open above 13,000 for the first time since may of 2008. the s&p is up higher. let's look at the morning markets. steve sedge wik is live in london. steve, good morning. >> very good morning to you. some great landmarks being passed. the current market lasts from the 3rd of october where the market hats rallied 22%. has that been justified by the earnings? over 60% of the companies reporting have beaten earnings. we've had 472 out of 500 companies reporting. the economic data is mixed. consumer confidence was good. the durable goods orders were
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the worst figures we've seen in a long while as well. very mixed economic data and slightly better than expected earnings data is sending these markets higher. >> dow, 13,000 spp steve sedge wik in london. shoot me an e-mail "first look" want to know what you're doing up or what you think romney's double win last night. you can text the word awake followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. still ahead on "way too early" president obama shows he is the most powerful man on the earth by single hand tedly shifting the day of the nfl season. the nfl doesn't move for anybody now. we'll explain in sports. plus, while romney and santorum were shrugging it out, newt gingrich spent the night in georgia where he ignored the primaries rultsds and told a really long story about a tree. you'll hear a condensed version
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district were hit. a lot of the theaters were hit but they're okay. people are still injured and trapped but no reports of any fatalities. the tornado threat continues this morning. if you're in the areas of southern i will noise, bad storms going through there. also through central kentucky. new tornado watch now for areas right around louisville, all through nashville, tennessee. we still have our blizzard going in south dakota. northern portions of wisconsin are getting nailed. many areas of michigan, northern half of the state are dealing with ice and snow. get ready in new england. this is heading for you next. big cities, rain moves in. from hartford, boston north wards you're going to have snow for your drive home from work. going to, would, just fine. later today the snow moves in. it will be a significant snowstorm for areas north of the mass. pike. keep that in mind. tonight and tomorrow morning some of the worst travel we've seen in new england this winter. >> looks ugly out there, bill. we'll talk to you later.
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time for some sports. for the past decade the opening game of the nfl season has been played on a thursday night. not this year the nfl announced it's moving the opener to wednesday, september 6th. why? because president obama scheduled to give his speech at the democratic national convention on that thursday, september 7th. the nfl making way for the president. the super bowl champion new york giants will play in that opener. their opponent has not yet been determined. this will be the first nfl game played on a wednesday since 1948. of course, have to point out you can watch that game at 8:30 eastern time on nbc. to baseball, red sox new manager bobby valentine at it again. this time doing everything in his power to get under the skin of the new york yankees. he took a backhanded shot at alex rodriguez while commenting on the retirement of red sox catcher jason very ri tech. he said from afar he was everything you want a guy who wears a "c" to be.
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he was the leader of the pitching staff. he was able to beat up alex, talking about alex rodriguez. all that stuff. he was exactly what he was supposed to be. valentine referring to the brawl that broke out between the yankees and red sox at fenway in 2004 after a rod was hit by a pitch in the third inning. veritec instantly became a hero for putting a right cross into a rod's jaw. senior tenured members, he will announce his retirement tomorrow. to college basketball, got to show you this one. vanderbilt at home taking on the florida gators. i don't have to but i'm going to. vanderbilt trying to bounce back from a loss from kentucky. shot clock expiring. mr. johnson throws one up from behind the arc using a little glass. later, john jenkins, the s.e.c.'s leading scorer. he had 22 points. gators came back a little bit.
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eric murphy fakes a shot, goes through the lane. these are long highlights for a game you don't care about. i'm showing them anyway. thanks to the hot hand of john jenkins vanderbilt holds on. wins 77-67 with one game left in the regular season. vanderbilt plays tennessee on saturday. they play kentucky on sunday. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe" sweeps the night. did he do anything to calm his critics or are republicans still waiting for a savior to rise from the streets? we'll discuss that in a few minutes. when we come back here we'll huddle up around the water cooler to hear a dumb story for the ages. when trying to open a bank account with a fake i.d., do not use a photograph of one of the most famous movie stars on the planet. "way too early" coming back. [ female announcer ] if whole grain isn't the first ingredient
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tonight is also particularly special for me because this is the place where i was born. this is the place where i was raised. my mom and dad lived many years here and loved this great state. i know that we love this state.
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mitt romney swept the night and pulled out eight tight one in michigan. his pair of victories combined with last month's win has earned him a trifecta. if you want to sound smart today tell your friends that romney and george h.w. bush in 1988, the only two presidential candidates since 1976 who have won contested primaries in arizona, michigan, and florida in one year. not even ronald regan could do that in his 1980 bid. enough of the real news, let's huddle up around the water cooler. mitt romney, famously professing his love for the trees m michigan, particularly their height. >> little history. i was born and raised here. i love this state. it seems right here. trees are the right height. i like seeing the lakes. i love the lakes.
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>> he loves the lakes. yesterday while romney was campaigning and celebrating those wins in michigan and arizona, newt gingrich was in his home state of georgia delivering a very long speech in which he made no mention whatsoever of the primary contest. he spent his evening talking instead about, you guessed it, a tree. >> a friend of mine, we lived on a street right off the college, and he lived out at the bottom of the street. there was a really big tree that was dying. if that tree falls during a storm it's going to hit the house. how hard can it be to cut down a tree? so we go to work cutting this tree. we got the rope in place. and we get to a point where we think the tree is about ready. so we got on the tree. it was a really big tree. now if you have 500 pounds pulling in one direction and 15 -- turns out when the tree breaks, it doesn't matter that
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you're pulling it. it's going to go in the direction that the tree's leaning. i personally have never tried cutting a tree down since then. >> that was the about 45 second version of a five, six minute story about that tree. newt connecting with the voters. while newt was busy talking trees in georgia ron paul was celebrating a leap year birthday during his rally in birthday. not his own, but his wife. he showered her with roses. he, too, ignored the mish fwan and arizona races focusing, as he should, on the race. >> she's having a birthday tomorrow morning. ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ happy birthday dear carol, happy birthday to you ♪ >> ron paul celebrated with
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carol a leap year birthday. finally, a tip if you're using a fake i.d., be absolutely certain the photo you use on that i.d. is not of the most famous actor in the world. a man in brazil was arrested yesterday a after he tried to open a bank account with this i.d. your eyes do not deceive you. that is a mug shot, a famous mug shot of the actor jack nicholson. not just any picture of jack nicholson. that is his mug shot. according to reports the suspect was using nicholson's picture on a government issued i.d. bears no resemblance whatsoever to jack nicholson. he denies though, charges of falsifying the documents and claims that is, in fact, a photograph of him. still ahead on "way too early", why are you awake? your well meaning tweets, texts and e-mails on the "morning joe." ♪ our machines help identify early stages of cancer and it's something that we're extremely proud of.
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